Benalla is situated mid-way between Euroa and Wangaratta, 212 km north-east of Melbourne, on the Broken River. The region’s first people are the Taungurong people.
The area was first called ‘Swampy’ by the explorers Hume & Hovell, who noted it as an agricultural settlement, and the settlement was re-named ‘Broken River’ when the first police station and Post Office were opened in the 1840’s. The town was named Benalla some years later.
In 1973-4 the Broken River was dammed and Lake Benalla was created as an ornamental centre for the city. The lake is popular for swimming and boating, and is surrounded with parks and cycling and walking tracks.
Surrounding Benalla are many parks worth exploring: wetlands to the north-east, Reef Hills State Park to the south, and Mount Samaria State Park further south.
Please contact the health service directly for any accommodation they may have available for students.
There are many other accommodation options in Benalla, from Caravan Parks to reasonably priced hotels. See the following websites for more information.
Thanks to Mattinbgn & Melburnian from Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.